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To install a printer driver the initial instructions are: - unpack the archive - log in as "root" - change to the installation directory "alc900-cups-0.20.i386" Question-How do you "change to the installation directory "alc900-cups-0.20.i386""

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Download the drivers (lpr and cupwrapper according to manufacturer instructions). They will be usually downloaded on your desktop.
Click on the archive and extract it on the desktop. A folder with the same name as the original archive is created on the desktop.

Unfold the Application Menu (Gnome), select the System Tools to open a console. It will open in your Home Folder.
At the command prompt : ls and return
You get the list of all files and folders in you Home. Among them there is a Desktop.
Type cd Desktop . Rrespect the case
Type ls, to see the files and folders on Desktop. You will see two with same name but different colors. One is the archive, the other the unzipped one. I cannot tell you what colors they would appear in you console screen.

At the command prompt
user@ubuntu tilda/Desktop$ cd alc900-cups-0.20.i386
and press Enter.
If alc900-cups-0.20.i386 is a directory you won't get an error and it will become your current directory.

Hope it helps.

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If you want to change the default installation directory into which dpkg installs printer applications, since you have too little space on your rootdisk. However, you can change the necessary configuration in /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg,

This is what you should do:
In /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg add the following line:
instdir alc900-cups-0.20.i386

This directory is writable by root.

Then perform:
dpkg --configure -a

Then I installed the program you need...

But the simple way to install the printer is as follows,

-Open System > Administration > Printing
-The Printers window is now displayed. Double click the New Printer icon.
-Now displayed is the Add a Printer window. Select Printer Type as Local or Detected Printer.

-Click on Use a detected Printer, select a printer from the list and click Forward.

-Select the Manufacturer, Model and Driver. Click Forward.

-Choose a name that will help you remember the printer & it's location.

-Click Apply

Please leave me comment, if you need further assistance
Thanks for using FixYa
Rnj vinodkumar

Posted on Nov 14, 2009


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